What is a Status Candidate?
COMPETITIVE AND EXCEPTED SERVICE - There are two classes of jobs in the Federal Government:
VETERANS' PREFERENCE - Veterans' preference recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform in times of strife,
restores veterans to a favorable competitive position for Government employment, and acknowledges the larger obligation owed to disabled veterans. Historically, Congress has
reserved preference for those who were either disabled, who served in combat areas or during certain periods of time. Veterans who qualify as preference eligibles (meaning they
typically must have served on active duty for at least 2 years during a period of war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is authorized, or be disabled) are
entitled to an additional 5 or 10 points added onto their earned rating in a competitive civil service examination. In all other situations (for example, selection from a merit
promotion list or other "internal" action such as reassignment, transfer, or reinstatement), veterans' preference is not a factor.
Veterans' preference was intended to give eligible veterans an extra assist in getting a job with the Government and in keeping it in the event of a reduction in force. Veterans'
preference does not guarantee the veteran a job. Veterans' preference should not be confused with the special appointing authorities such as the VRA which allow eligible veterans
to be appointed noncompetitively to the competitive service.
THE VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) - This act gave preference eligibles or veterans with 3 or more years of continuous active service access to jobs that might otherwise be closed to them. When an agency advertises for candidates outside its own workforce under merit promotion procedures, it must allow these veterans to apply. Of course, all applications are subject to any area of consideration that the agency has specified on the vacancy announcement. VEOA applicants are not subject to a geographical area of consideration limitation.
What is VRA?>
Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
Formerly, Veterans' Readjustment Appointment
For more Police Officer position information, please email, write or call:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police
VA Northern California Health Care System
10535 Hospital Way
Mather, CA 95655 (07B)